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Reid introduces Syria resolution in Senate

Saturday - 9/7/2013, 7:52am  ET

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., walks to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. prepared to introduce a resolution on military action to support President Barack Obama's request for a strike against Syria. Franken and Reid were the only senators present. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has formally introduced the resolution giving President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria.

Reid filed the measure on Friday during a brief Senate session. Lawmakers return from their five-week recess on Monday and will begin to debate the resolution.

A vote to move ahead on the resolution is expected Wednesday.

The Senate is deeply divided over whether to approve military strikes in response to chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Republicans and Democrats have expressed opposition to the measure, which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved on a 10-7 vote on Wednesday.

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